Tucked away in the upscale Washington Park neighborhood, this midcentury modern gem was custom-designed in 1957, with the classic hillside setting of many of the most breathtaking Seattle homes of the era. Remodeling has applied more of a modern-modern sensibility to the home, but it stays respectful to the house’s bones.
A bright but modest front entry includes a wide, wooden deck, punctuated by birch trees, ferns, and grasses. But that front door opens to a light-filled, open great room, topped by a gently sloping, exposed-beam ceiling, with large window banks coating the west side of the home. On either side, the roofline is complemented by clerestory windows nestled in the peak. The common space extends to the outdoors, with sliding-glass doors to an upper balcony.
On one side of the kitchen, the roof shape changes to carve out a more intimate dining nook. Being bookended by the balcony on one side allows the space to have corner windows.
Down an open staircase, the hillside setting gives the home’s three bedrooms more light than they’d ordinarily get on the lower level. As you travel downward, find the bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a utility room (currently with bike storage), and a 500-bottle wine cellar along cascading split levels.
Descend a little further and find that the home’s original garage has been converted to a den, with the door replaced with a rolling glass door for indoor-outdoor gatherings (don’t worry, it has a normal door, too).
Out back, three tiers of outdoor space allow for plenty of versatility: A deck off the den lets you view the family room TV from a hammock, a fire pit provides warmth on chilly nights, and a koi pond adds tranquility.
The asking price is $1.38 million.
This article has been updated to correct some details about the home’s layout.